The Building Safety Bill will be in the news over the next few months as it proceeds through Parliament. The Government says the Bill is intended to implement the recommendations of Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, commissioned in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire. The extent to which it does that, and the extent to which it will help building owners and leaseholders who need to improve building fire safety, is highly controversial.
Barristers at 4 Pump Court are involved in the Grenfell Inquiry. We are involved in many pieces of litigation about fire safety which have arisen from inspections carried out in the aftermath of that disaster. We specialise in construction disputes and in particular claims by and against developers, contractors, architects, engineers (including fire engineers) and sub-contractors of all sorts – including cladding and façade designers and installers. We understand the issues that arise in relation to pursuing such claims, including limitation, insolvent defendants, insurance claims, and seeking to act for leaseholders.
As the Bill passes through Parliament we will blog about relevant legal issues. The Bill is concerned with fire safety but it is not limited to that. It seeks to enact major changes to the law on limitation, the regulation of safe building and how the construction industry is managed. The passage of the Bill, and the way in which it is finally enacted, will be of interest to all involved with the construction industry: developers, contractors, subcontractors, professionals, solicitors, insurers and claims consultants. Do bookmark this page, follow us on Linkedin, and stay in touch for the latest news on this important Bill.
As forecast in our Preview from 20 July 2021, the second reading did not involve substantive debate on the legal issues raised by the Bill. It did, however, indicate there is significant cross-party criticism of the Bill’s failure to fund remedial works for the benefit of leaseholders. The Secretary of State, in his speech, described […]
26th July 2021
We will provide an update note on the 2nd reading of the Bill as soon as possible. In the meantime, it may be of interest to note that at the beginning of the 2nd reading (or rather shortly thereafter, which caused some consternation) a ministerial statement was provided in relation to EWS1 forms, which have […]
22nd July 2021
The Building Safety Bill will have its 2nd reading in the House of Commons on 21 July 2021. The 2nd reading stage involves the following: Debate on general principles of the Bill Second reading is the first opportunity for MPs to debate the main principles of the Bill. It usually takes place no sooner than […]
20th July 2021
Retrospectively changing rights and liabilities As addressed in Luke Wygas‘ note one of the most eye catching changes threatened by the Bill is a retrospective extension of limitation periods running under the Defective Premises Act 1972 from 6 years to 15 years. This could remove accrued limitation defences and re-impose liabilities. It is unusual for […]
20th July 2021
Retrospective Limitation under the Defective Premises Act Some of the most striking legal aspects of the Building Safety Bill (the “Bill”) are that it (a) seeks to extent the remit of the Defective Premises Act 1972 (the “DPA”) and it (b) seeks retrospectively to extend limitation periods under the DPA.In particular, sections 125 and 126 […]
20th July 2021
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